There has been a modern revival of vampirism in recent years. Although AIDS has put a dampener on sucking your girlfriend’s blood, no one can deny there is a growing subculture which embracing everything vampish, and its popularity has spilled over into mainstream pop-culture.
What is modern-day vampirism? Simply, the celebration and romanticising of everything macabre and sensual.
What did vampirism originate? To cut a long story short, the early Slavs and Britons had a strong belief in vampires (living corpses empowered by evil, craving blood as sustenance) up until the early 1800s. Some occultists today believe supernatural vampirism to be a fact (another post perhaps?).
If I was to ask who is the most popular vampire in history – an overwhelming majority would say Dracula. Have you ever wondered how the superstar of horror was inspired?
Dracula was very much a real person, called Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (or more commonly known as the Vlad The Impaler, or Draculea (1431-1476). He was a madman who massacred more than 100,000 men women, children, and babies during his lifetime in the most sickening, disturbing ways imaginable. And to drive the point home (pun intended) let me go into detail – but please be warned, the next paragraph isn’t nice to read.
The atrocities committed by Vlad included impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the flesh of their friends or relatives, cutting off limbs and drowning. As his name implies – Impalement was Vlad’s preferred method of torture and execution. An oiled stake was slowly forced through the anus until it emerged from the mouth. Death by impalement was slow and agonizing and victims sometimes endured for hours or even days. One claim says he impaled 10,000 in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu in a single day (and I bet you thought Transylvania was only a fictional country).
Sorry you had to read that – but again I wish to make a point, which is simply this…
The origins of vampirism is nothing short of pure evil. The original vampire, Vlad Dracul, was nothing short of pure evil and the vampires in books and films of yesteryear were nothing short of pure evil.
My, times have changed.
Pure evil has become not-so-bad-pretty-good-actually evil. The repulsive has become romantic. The villain has become the hero. We, the pop-culture consumers have made the slow (but sure) transition from hating the vampire, to cheering for him… or her.
Is anyone else concerned?
What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter. (The Bible, Isaiah 5:20)
satan sure has blinded the eyes of this world… oh God, remove the blinders, break the chains of the bound, may our hearts be broken for those who are lost…
(I sound like Rob Bell – except I forgot to say “and may you” ha)
Yes. Very much so.
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I am too and I completely agree with this post. Thanks for researching this info, it’s great to have something to back up my already “knowing feelings” that this sub culture is not right, when people argue that it’s harmless fun. This needs to be read by so many!
Awesome post. Thanks for being a researcher!
why does this post give me a craving for steak? maybe it’s the picture – you may see blood, but i see heins tomato ketchup!!!
Great post by the way.
apparently, filmmakers and pop-culture aficionados have pushed and broke boundaries.
I already knew about Vlad III the Impaler but I had no idea about his methods execution. So gruesome to imagine… so heartbreaking.
Agreed Simon. People are mixing good with evil and saying there is “good evil.”
Great research Symon. Obviously the great deciever is at work as it’s hard for me to comprehend how people can romanticise vampirism. It’s definitely evil-inspired. I didn’t know the origins of it and was interested (albeit, with horror) to read of his habits. He was one satanic dude. Praise His name, He bought us to save us from ourselves!
Fully agree about all the people romanticising wrongly the origins of vampirism and such. People actually rarely know how far back the myths and storys actually go back. Like the ancient Greecen Vrykolakas, or ancient Egyptian god Sehkmet.
Or even as far back as Hebrew demonology.
All basis’s usually start in every single old religion that covers something like it say its about a man… a single man.. or woman.. that is possesed by something demonic. which is a small sentance but what i personally believe why people like to make the storys of a good vampire.
I mean who can deny that that man Vlad wasnt a man?
Who can deny Hitler wasnt a man? Isnt it part of everyone to wish that people could change there ways? to get rid of the evil that has deleted what man/woman they were. To try get rid of the thing that made people focus only on the obvious Demon that had possessed them.
Obviously they had made the wrong decisions in their life, which lead to the devil having a hold over there lives. Which makes me want to pray that noone will again have to go through that kind of thing. A lost soul is what they were and because everyone is equal in Gods eyes makes it scary that that could very well be me one day or you if your reading this or even someone you know and care about.
You never know where the devil will hit but i do hope that peoples relationship with God is stong enough to throw of a crazy demon like that. That what i think about when i read the about peoples ideas of evil turning good. If Vlad in his days had actually seen his ways and what ever possesed him to do that evil had left him… do you think he would of seen himself as good? do we ourselves see ourselve all the time as good in the eyes of God? well i sure dont but isnt the knowning of that realisation and the repentance towards God make what has happened nullified? God forgives because he is great and good.
But some people say like the characters depicted in romanticised vampire modern fiction God forgives… people can forgive, but can we forgive ourselves.
And that is like the resounding question.. that we only know because we know God. And i wish everyone could know that it would make a much better ending to some of the books haha
The frog is indeed boiling 😦
This is a greeat post thanks
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